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Obama Launches Build America Investment Initiative
President Obama, speaking at the Port of Wilmington in front of the I-495 Bridge in Delaware, announced a new executive action to create the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide initiative to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth.
July 18, 2014 – Rock Products

Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman has reinforced need for US infrastructure investment
Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman has outlined the risks to US competitiveness if the US Government proves unable to agree on both short and long term infrastructure funding issues.
July 15, 2014 – World Highways

Industry lukewarm on emerging highway deal
Transportation advocates in Washington reacted to an emerging highway funding deal in Congress with trepidation, saying they were glad lawmakers were heading toward preventing an infrastructure bankruptcy but upset that they were settling for another short-term stopgap.
July 13, 2014 – The Hill

House votes to make bonus depreciation permanent
The House today passed a bill that would make permanent a tax law provision allowing businesses that purchase new equipment to depreciate 50 percent of the cost in the first year.
July 11, 2014 – Agri-Pulse

Johanns Sponsors Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) Wednesday cosponsored legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank).
July 10, 2014 – USAgnet

Senate Dems oppose House road-vote timeline
A pair of influential Senate Democrats is opposing a plan from Republicans in the House to push a fight over transportation and infrastructure funding into the next Congress.
July 9, 2014 – The Hill

IDOT Secretary Resigns
Ann Schneider, head of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), has resigned, according to the Chicago Tribune.
July 3, 2014 – Construction Equipment

Klobuchar, Hoeven Discuss Manufacturing in Rural America
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) joined the Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service and Assistant Secretary for Global Markets Arun Kumar to discuss efforts to boost manufacturing in rural America.
July 2, 2014 – USAgnet

LaHood pushes for 10-cent gas tax hike during St. Louis visit
During a trip to St. Louis, Mo., on Tuesday, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood pushed for a 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase, St. Louis Public Radio reports.
July 2, 2014 – Better Roads

Conservative group disputes transportation funding outlook
The conservative Heritage Action foundation is disputing whether there is a transportation funding crisis facing Congress.
July 2, 2014 – The Hill

Foxx paints bleak picture come August
At a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said road and transit federal reimbursement payments would be reduced the first week of August.
July 1, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Senate panel delays vote on highway bill patch
The Senate Finance Committee has delayed its vote on a proposed short-term patch that would provide funding for transportation infrastructure projects through Dec. 31, The Hill reports.
June 26, 2014 – Better Roads

Boxer supports transport funding stopgap bill
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she supports a transportation funding stopgap being considered by the Senate that would cover infrastructure needs until after the midterm elections.
June 25, 2014 – The Hill

Wyden pushes stopgap highway bill
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday proposed a short-term fix to keep highway projects funded until after the midterm elections.
June 24, 2014 – The Hill

Delaware to see raised tolls instead of gas tax hike
Delaware drivers can soon expect an increase in certain tolls, but the state's gas tax will not rise.
June 21, 2014 – Better Roads

Boehner suggests 'nine to 12 month' highway bill
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said this week that his chamber would likely only approve a highway bill that lasts for "some number of months."
June 20, 2014 – The Hill

Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board approves 6-year program allocating $13.1 billion for transportation projects
Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved the state's Six-Year Improvement Plan, which allocates $13.1 million to transportation improvements over a six-year period, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday.
June 19, 2014 – Better Roads

Transportation advocates cheer proposed gas tax hike
Transportation advocates, who have been pushing for a gas tax increase for multiple years, cheered the announcement of a bipartisan proposal in the Senate to hike the amount that is paid by drivers by 12 cents on Wednesday.
June 18, 2014 – The Hill

Congress looking for an off-ramp as highway fund bleeds cash
The House and Senate struggled Tuesday to find ways to shore up the Highway Trust Fund just a few weeks before it is expected to run dry.
June 14, 2014 – The Hill

Move over gas tax: California could move to VMT fee
California is considering switching from a state gas tax to a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) fee, our sister site Overdrive reports.
June 14, 2014 – Better Roads

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